On this date thirty years ago, days after the album dropped, Prince’s Purple Rain hit movie theaters. It was my cousin who was the big Prince fan – he most likely introduced Prince’s music to me in our youth – but I quickly learned to appreciate his dance skills and musical craft. I probably didn’t see the movie until it hit HBO (or PRISM. Remember that channel?) and, as a kid, I’m sure I didn’t really appreciate or understand what I watched. And sure, there’s some cringeworthy acting and a few laughable moments. But damn, that album stuck with and defined early ’80s music for me, much in the way Thriller did before it. I can also probably credit the artist, the music and the movie (along with the DC Comics series Amethyst) for cementing my fondness for the color purple. I mean, you have noticed it on the site, right?
So go ahead. Purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.
And let me guide you to the Purple Rain.